Now that Life, Liberty, and Pursuit is launched, I feel that vertigo that comes at the end of an all-consuming project (the marketing continues, natch). What now? It’s not that I don’t have plans – I have all kinds of MS in the queue, begging for attention. The question is really: What to work on first?
So I made a plan.
I printed out four months worth of blank calendars and filled them in. Am I wildly ambitious in what I expect to get done during that time? Well, I usually am, so I’m going to say “yes.” But still, having a direction organizes my thoughts and efforts and helps me prioritize my time.
I also cracked open Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel, a book I’ve been meaning to study for tips on improving my storytelling. I think writers at all levels do well to focus on craft, and doing an intensive study of Williams’ Style book helped me to elevate my craft. Jody Hedlund is leading by example in this regard, hiring an editor to improve her writing in spite of the fact that she’s already under contract to write three novels. I say Brava! to her.
All of this is my way of taking my writing seriously. I have every intention of making a career as a novelist. So, time to get down to business.
How do you take your writing seriously?
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